When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
©2008 Reg Keeland; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was gripping. The story was dark and at times violent, but it had to be by its very nature. I subsequently watched the two films in the trilogy and they were an appropriate continuation on the characters, bringing to light further aspects of the prior story/ies. The films were thought provoking and leave one wondering that if Larsson was halfway through the fourth instalment what he had planned for the characters. Whilst it is necessary to read the books/watch the films in their intended succession, each has an appropriate ending and is not left as a cliff hanger. Not my usual watching/reading genre, but I did get drawn into the need to see justice prevail. Not the type of thing you could say you "enjoyed" but they were certainly well done.
Admittedly, this book was a little hard to get into at first, and there's more inane detail than necessary at times.
Those things aside, this is a wonderfully entertaining read. The plot is far bigger and more complex than you could hope for, and the cast of characters is rich, diverse and contains some unlikely heroes.
I can't wait to get into the final chapter of the Millennium Trilogy.
Fantastic. Loved all three in the series. At roughly 20 hours each, it seemed daunting. Not at all. The time flew by and I felt lost when the last one ended. The narrator was superb and played a large part in my enjoyment. The production quality was excellent, with very few instances when a new take was obvious. Money very well spent.
While it was a very good story and nicely narrated it was unfortunate that the split of the 3 parts where not given much consideration. I found it disturbing that the split was in a middle of a chapter and at the end of the last part there was a voice telling me "please turn the tape over". If these small but important details would be taken care of I would have given it a 5.
I'm a happy homeschool mama of 4 little kids ages 8 to 2 yrs.
I couldn't even finish it. I hear it has a great plot and gets quicker towards the end (it's slow in the beginning) but I couldn't get that far with all the sexually explict assaults etc.
Better to read than to listen...maybe. Many characters, many lengthy descriptions that may not be key to the plot, the characters or the story line may be distracting to the audio version. i am currently reading the second book in print form to compare the experience. There is no doubt that the main character is compelling, the reader brilliant, the plot interesting, but it is not the 5/5 that I expected it to be. Cut it in half!
So many great books, and so little time to meet them all..this is why I adore audio books, I take them with me everywhere: studio, garden etc.
Based on the reviews that I read I was looking forward to this book and whilst it was enjoyable enough I felt at the end that the whole thing was just slightly off key, and I won't be listening to it again. I did not feel that any of the characters really achieved their potential under the writer's hand although they came closest in the Lisbet character. The 'baddies' were just too bad, too black and white and I felt too, that the violence, grotesque as it was, was perhaps just a tad calculated to shock the reader.
Perhaps Larsson's style lost something in the translation, but I found that the language was pretty wooden as if he was just churning through and trying to get the story told without much consideration for style. The narrator was just fine and I would be happy to listen to him again, but not in a Larsson novel...
Initially this book was a bit difficult to settle with. The characters seemed a bit over the top along with the sadistic elements. The narrator's voice was also a little off putting, somewhat clipped and providing a swedish uncle with a bluff englishman's vocal tones but by the end I was cheering the the main character and keen to hear the next installment. Worth persevering!
Quality was excellent. Very easy to listen to.
"A Murder Mystery with a Twist"
At last, the unabridged version of this brilliant book (the first in the Millennium trilogy)is available to download. A disgraced Stockholm journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, is asked to investigate the disappearance (in 1966) of an industrialist's niece. Aided by the 'mentally incompetent' 20-something, Lisbeth Salander (the eponymous Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), the journalist descends into the nightmare underbelly of Swedish society, Saul Reichlin (better known for his narration of David Hewson's Nic Costa novels) does his usual expert job. This has got to be one of the best downloads of 2009.
"Best of the trilogy"
This is the first and in my opinion the best of the trilogy. This story can stand alone from the two subsequent works, books two and three are in effect two halves of one story.
The character, Lisbeth Sallander is very interesting and as we peel the layers, she becomes more complex. The story line is well thought out and the ending is anything but obvious. Very good listen.
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
I bought this title knowing very little about except that it was a best seller. I have to say I was not disappointed in the least. From the start the book held me and I got to the stage that the converging story lines had me gripped.
The narration was excellent and the voice was easy and pleasant to listen to. The only niggle was towards the end there was an interuption which 'told you to turn the casette over' but apart from that a quality product I would and have recommended to friends and family.
A great book with lots of fantastic characters and a twist at the end. Well worth a listen and well read by Saul. The only criticism is that it was just a little too long with the end seeming to prolong the story unnecessarily.
"A brilliant listen from start to finish!"
I purchased this on a whim after hearing about it shortly after the books were published. It's a brilliant book, modern, diverse, well written and brilliantly narrated. Excellent! I would only ward off those that have weak stomachs as some parts are quite graphic!
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Absolutely awesome! Great to listen to when you do fitness or other activities! 5 stars from me!
A new, exciting, original and absolutely brilliant first novel, the first in the Millennium Trilogy. I just can't understand anyone giving this less than 5 stars. One of the most gripping novels of the decade for sure. Yes, the names are long and awkward for us Brits, but that's only a minor point. I found it absolutely gripping and downloaded the other two books straight after, which just get better and better. It's a real shame Mr. Larsson isn't around to provide us more. Superbly read by Saul Reichlin too. Top notch
Slow start but when the story gets going you can't stop listening. I listened to this while walking my dog, she got some very long walks! can wait to listen to the next one.
As another reviewer wrote, this book is a great novel, not just a great crime novel. Dickensian in it's scale, and beautifully written. There are faults, but these are only too eagerly forgiven in such a great book. Books like this come along rarely. I cannot fathom how anyone could give this book ONE star, that is wierd, I dread to think what sort of books those people like, why not two or three... but one?!! Get past the first hour, concentrate a bit and it will reward! wonderful. IMHO
I hesitated to download this book because of one negative review but was swayed by others that indicated that it was brilliant once you get into it. I agree with the latter. I had to concentrate at the outset to understand the many threads that the author weaves but I was soon hooked! It's not a book I could listen to while doing something else as I tended to lose the plot and had to go back but I found it compulsive listening. I can't wait to hear the next book in the series.
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